Techzilla the Hero

Money has been tight for a few days while we waited for 5 expense checks to arrive. I turn in one every week and usually get at least one a week. This made working on the fence limiting among other things.

Anyway, as the weather is starting to cool down a bit we decided to fire up the pellet stove. It came on for a while and then went off as it usually does so problems weren't noticed...until we needed it again.

I discovered the feed auger wasn't turning and usually that is because of stuff hiding the flame from a photo-electric eye. I checked everything and tried a few things to bypass security systems to get it going temporarily if we needed parts by the time the check came. Nothing worked so we hauled out the electric radiant heater and resolved to just call the dealer after the big check came.

Yesterday while I was driving down the road, I got to thinking that I forgot to check the connection for the wall thermostat. Well, it turned out that I forgot we had by-passed that feature last year. All it took was a little fiddling with the connection and the stove was working again.

The whole project could have cost $75 easily and possibly more by the time the repair guy got done. And of course I was the little womans' hero for 5 minutes.


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What a hero. 5 whole minutes. I think this my be a winter long hero. lol
Only if I'm lucky. The stove is finicky and takes constant TLC. I'd replace it but they are way too expensive. The house has an old gas heater that probably would work if we got gas service. No meter, No Service. Not sure but at one time I think it was fired by propane but is easy enough to convert to natural gas.
I have a propane wall furnace and it will run you out of here. I live in a one bedroom mobile home. The landlord pays the utilities. Thank God.
I remember buying propane...It'a not always a pay as you go like natural gas. They fill up your tank and expect immediate payment while the truck is sitting there. I think I had a 300 gallon tank so it was quite pricey.